Bill Evans (pianist)

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William John Evans (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980) was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly played in jazz trios. Evans's use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, "singing" melodic lines continue to influence jazz pianists today.

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1929, he was classically trained, and studied at Southeastern Louisiana University and the Mannes School of Music, where he majored in composition and received the Artist Diploma. In 1955, he moved to New York City, where he worked with bandleader and theorist George Russell. In 1958, Evans joined Miles Davis's sextet, where he was to have a profound influence. In 1959, the band, then immersed in modal jazz, recorded Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time. During that time, Evans was also playing with Chet Baker for the album Chet.

In late 1959, Evans left the Miles Davis band and began his career as a leader, with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian, a group now regarded as a seminal modern jazz trio. In 1961, ten days after finishing an engagement at the New York Village Vanguard jazz club (where the highly acclaimed Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby albums were recorded) LaFaro died in a car accident. After months of seclusion, Evans re-emerged with a new trio, featuring bassist Chuck Israels.

In 1963, Evans recorded Conversations with Myself, an innovative solo album using the unconventional (in jazz solo recordings) technique of overdubbing over himself. In 1966, he met bassist Eddie Gómez, with whom he would work for eleven years. Many successful albums followed, in trio, duo, and solo settings, such as Bill Evans at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Alone, and The Bill Evans Album, among others.

Many of Evans's compositions, such as "Waltz for Debby", have become standards, played and recorded by many artists. Evans was honored with 31 Grammy nominations and seven awards, and was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 New Jazz Conceptions Bill Evans 9
1958 Everybody Digs Bill Evans Bill Evans 10
1961 Know What I Mean? Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans 5 20
1961 The Blues and the Abstract Truth Bill Evans, Roy Haynes, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson, Paul Chambers, Freddie Hubbard 11
1962 Empathy Shelly Manne / Bill Evans with Monty Budwig 2
1962 Interplay Bill Evans with Freddie Hubbard, Percy Heath, Jim Hall & Philly Joe Jones 15
1962 Undercurrent Bill Evans & Jim Hall 5 8
1963 Conversations With Myself Bill Evans 4
1964 Waltz for Debby Monica Zetterlund & Bill Evans 5
1964 Trio 64 Bill Evans 4 3
1966 A Simple Matter of Conviction Bill Evans 2
1966 Intermodulation Bill Evans & Jim Hall 4 3
1967 Further Conversations With Myself Bill Evans 2
1969 Alone Bill Evans 6
1971 The Bill Evans Album Bill Evans 3
1973 Stan Getz & Bill Evans Stan Getz & Bill Evans 3
1974 Symbiosis Bill Evans 2
1975 Alone (Again) Bill Evans 4
1975 Intuition Bill Evans & Eddie Gomez 3
1975 The Complete Tony Bennett & Bill Evans Recordings Tony Bennett and Bill Evans 8
1977 On Green Dolphin Street Bill Evans 6
1977 Quintessence Bill Evans, Harold Land, Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown & Philly Joe Jones 5
1977 Together Again Tony Bennett and Bill Evans 3
1978 Affinity Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans 2
1981 You Must Believe in Spring Bill Evans 5 5
1985 Bill Evans With Symphony Orchestra Bill Evans 1
1988 You're Gonna Hear From Me Bill Evans 3
1991 Bill Evans & Monica Zetterlund Bill Evans & Monica Zetterlund 1
1993 Jazz 'Round Midnight Bill Evans 1
1993 Serenity Bill Evans 2
1994 Eloquence Bill Evans 1
1994 The Ivory Hunters Bob Brookmeyer & Bill Evans 2
1995 Loose Blues Bill Evans, Zoot Sims, Jim Hall, Ron Carter & Philly Joe Jones 2
1997 New Conversations Bill Evans 3
1997 Conversations with Bill Evans Bill Evans; Jean‐Yves Thibaudet 1
1998 Autumn Leaves Bill Evans 1
1998 From Left to Right Bill Evans 2
2001 Tenderly: An Informal Session Bill Evans · Don Elliott 1
2002 Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Marian McPartland with guest Bill Evans 1
2003 What's New Bill Evans with Jeremy Steig 1
2003 Portraiture Bill Evans 1
2003 A Day in New York Tony Scott & Bill Evans 2
2004 The Gary McFarland Orchestra The Gary McFarland Orchestra, Special Guest Soloist: Bill Evans 1
2006 Easy to Love Bill Evans 1
2006 Unknown Session Bill Evans 1
2007 The Interplay Sessions Bill Evans with Freddie Hubbard & Zoot Sims 1
2008 Theme From The V.I.P.s and Other Great Songs Bill Evans 3
2010 The Complete Legendary Sessions Chet Baker & Bill Evans 1
2011 We Will Meet Again Bill Evans 4 2
2012 Empathy / A Simple Matter of Conviction Bill Evans 1
2012 Seven Classic Albums Bill Evans 1
2013 Bill Evans: Undercurrent (Double album with "Undercurrent" and "Empathy") Bill Evans 1
2014 The Legendary Quartet/Quintet Sessions Cannonball Adderley & Bill Evans 1
2016 Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest Bill Evans, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette 1
2017 Another Time - The Hilversum Concert Bill Evans 2
2017 On A Monday Evening Bill Evans 1
Autumn Leaves Bill Evans 1
Bill Evans Trio: Complete 1956-1962 Studio Albums Bill Evans 1
Consecration-The Last, Volume 1 Bill Evans 1
Jazz Showcase Bill Evans 1
My Foolish Heart Bill Evans 1
Play the Arrangements of Jimmy Giuffre Bill Evans & Lee Konitz 4 1
Together Again Bill Evans & Lee Konitz 4 1
Yesterday I Heard the Rain Bill Evans 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Spring Leaves Bill Evans 1
1987 Compact Jazz: Bill Evans Bill Evans 1
1987 The Complete Riverside Recordings Bill Evans 2
1989 Empathy / A Simple Matter of Conviction Bill Evans 1
1989 The Solo Sessions, Volume 1 Bill Evans 3
1989 Complete Fantasy Recordings Bill Evans 1
1993 Jazz 'Round Midnight Bill Evans 1
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 5 Bill Evans 4 1
1995 The Best of Bill Evans on Verve Bill Evans 1
1996 The Secret Sessions Bill Evans 4 1
1996 The Brilliant Bill Evans 1
1997 The Complete Bill Evans on Verve Bill Evans 1
1997 Original Jazz Classics Collection Bill Evans 1
1998 Ultimate Bill Evans Bill Evans 1
1998 The Best of Bill Evans Bill Evans 2
1998 Piano Player Bill Evans 2
1999 Quiet Now: Never Let Me Go Bill Evans 1
1999 Ballads and More Bill Evans 1
1999 Homecoming Bill Evans 2
2001 Bill Evans's Finest Hour Bill Evans 1
2002 The Very Best of Bill Evans Bill Evans 1
2003 Night and Day Bill Evans 1
2004 Bill Evans for Lovers Bill Evans 1
2004 The Complete Gus Wildi Recordings Bill Evans 1
2005 We Will Meet Again - The Bill Evans Anthology Bill Evans 1
2006 The Solo Sessions, Volume 2 Bill Evans 4 1
2006 Riverside Profiles Bill Evans 1
2006 Bill Evans Plays for Lovers Bill Evans 1
2009 Everybody Digs (2-CD set "Everybody Digs Bill Evans" & "New Jazz Conceptions") Bill Evans 1
2010 Everlasting Bill Evans: All Time Best Bill Evans 1
2011 Kind of Evans Bill Evans 1
2011 Colección grandes maestros del jazz 4 Bill Evans 1
2011 Sharp Notes Bill Evans 1
2013 Bill Evans Vol. 2 Bill Evans 1
2014 Haunted Heart Bill Evans 1
2014 12 Classic Albums: 1956 - 1962 Bill Evans 1

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